Treasure Island Music Festival is one of the long running festivals in the Bay Area and definitely well known on the West Coast. Produced by both Noise Pop and Another Planet Entertainment, this year marked the 11th annual event with a diverse lineup across international rock, hip-hop and electronic dance music artists. For the 2018, the festival saw a new location with over 23,500 festival goers across both days at Middle Harbor Shoreline Park in Oakland, California. The park provided unparalleled panoramic views of the Bay, downtown San Francisco as well as the Bay Bridge span. In this review, we will be focusing more on the electronic and high-energy dance music acts which started on the first day.
What was truly amazing was the fact that SILK CITY was one of the headlining performers and this is only their second-ever festival appearance which is a new collaborative project between two of the most sought after producers Mark Ronson and Diplo. Their particular set was definitely hands down without a doubt one the best highlights of the festival and performances alone we have seen so far this year. There is just something unique about combining a talented house producer with a moombahton producer. At some parts of their set they dropped classic records and even some unforgettable Bay Area favorites which gave nod to local hip hop artists and dance music fans alike. Some of the other electronic acts included Laff Traxx featuring NOSAJ THING and Toro y Moi that performed a back-to-back set.
Apart from the music performances were a variety of food vendors that brought along all sorts of cuisines in the Bay Area from Oakland to East Bay. What makes TIMF stand out from the rest is their creative and almost other-worldly art installations that even places some of us in a different dimension such as their giant stingray, moving squid and even a spaceship like sea turtle that spoke to you.